UC Clermont

Criminal Justice Tech: Forensics

Undergraduate Certificate

Why study Criminal Justice Tech: Forensics?

Forensic science uses the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve crimes and to help invent and improve detection and identification processes.

Forensic laboratory technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence at the scene. Often, they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination, performing tests on weapons or on substances such as fiber, glass, hair, tissue and body fluids to determine their significance to the investigation. They also prepare reports to document the laboratory techniques used as well as the results. They provide information and expert opinion to investigators. When criminal cases come to trial, they often give testimony, as expert witnesses, on specific laboratory findings by identifying and classifying substances, materials and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime.

Forensic laboratory technicians also set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results and often develop conclusions.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college.

To be successful in forensics, you need good communication skills. You should also be able to work well with others because teamwork is common. Organizational ability, an eye for detail and skill in interpreting scientific results are important as well. A high mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and analytical thinking are also desirable characteristics.

With a forensics certificate, you can pursue the employment as a forensic lab technician, lab manager or crime scene investigator.

The following information is provided per U.S. Department of Education regulations: The Department of Labor's standard occupational classification (SOC) code for this occupation is 19-4092. The informational profile for this occupation is online at http://online.onetcenter.org.

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). View this program’s most recent disclosure information including program costs, median loan debt at program completion, normal time to completion and normal time to completion rates, and job placement rate (if reported) at http://www.ucclermont.edu/content/dam/clermont/gainful-employment/cj-forensics/CJ%20Forensics.html.

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interactions with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our forensics program meets the hiring and promotion standards for a growing number of law enforcement agencies in the eastern Cincinnati area. Our technical advisory committee, consisting of leaders in the local law enforcement community, helps ensure that our curriculum meets your career needs.

The program coordinator and criminal justice faculty are available for academic advising and career counseling.

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their classes.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin classes in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before classes begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit ucclermont.edu/admissions/apply.

(Currently enrolled students should see Registration to add a certificate to their program. Separate application not required.)

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Enrollment Services
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319